Twenty-eight crystalline salts were X-irradiated and treated with an ammoniacal nickel hypophosphite solution. Treatment (development) of six of the salts resulted in precipitation of nickel metal. The developable salts were four hypophosphites, sodium phosphite, and nickel formate. A mechanism is proposed for the process based on the postulate that micro amounts of hydrogen atoms are formed during the radiation step. During development, these hydrogen atoms cause the formation of nucleation sites of nickel metal. In turn, these sites catalyze further reduction of the nickel cations by the hypophosphite. The results are discussed in terms of application of the process to the formation of developable latent images.